Fish Baked in Salt

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Fish Baked in Salt

Fish Baked in Salt
Servings 6


  • 1 recipe Romesco Sauce
  • 6 pounds coarse or Kosher salt
  • 4 to 5 pound whole sea bream or bass porgy, New Zealand snapper, or sheepshead (gutted but not scaled)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the whole fish and pat it dry. In a heavy casserole large enough to hold the fish and all the salt, make a 2inch layer of salt. Make a shallow, fishshaped impression in the salt and lay the fish on top. Distribute the remaining salt around and over the fish so that it is completely covered. Pat the salt down gently, cover the casserole and bake for about 1 hour. Remove the cover and tap the salt to break it (it will have formed an armorlike crust). Break the crust and pull off most of the salt. Then peel away and discard the skin. Serve the flesh immediately, accompanied by the Romesco sauce.

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